Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Democrat – Minnesota) plotted out a multi-pronged approach to taking on the power of dominant tech firms like Facebook and Google in a speech for a Verge Live event Monday, March 1. In her remarks, Klobuchar called for the passage of legislation addressing issues from competition to data privacy and content moderation.
“We need to be asking more from Big Tech companies, not less,” Klobuchar said in her speech. “We have seen that how they operate has real life effects on the safety and civil rights for all of us as well as on our democracy. Holding them accountable for problems that can lead to real-world harm is critical to our success.”
Klobuchar leads the Senate’s top antitrust subcommittee, positioning the Minnesota Democrat as one of the most important legislators in the debate over tech reform. Last month, she introduced a sweeping bill to revamp US antitrust enforcement. Klobuchar’s Competition and Antitrust Law Enforcement Reform Act would provide law enforcement with more resources to take competition cases to court.
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